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Russia: Elections to Opposition Coordinating Council Fail to Attract Regional Voters

Leonid Volkov, the brains behind technical aspects of the coming independent opposition elections [ru], has posted an interesting bit of statistics [ru] on his blog. Out of the approximately 90,000 people currently registered to vote, 34.6% are from Moscow and Moscow Oblast, and 11.7% are from St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Oblast. This means that almost half of these relatively active members of the opposition come from Russia's two capitals. What is more striking is that next on the list are Sverdlovsk Oblast with 3.2% and Samarskaya Oblast with 1.8%.

The statistic continues to fall dramatically, with the lowest regions shown contributing only .02% of the electorate (i.e. around 200 people). These results seem to indicate the failure of the opposition movement to attract interest from outside the usual Moscow and St. Petersburg protest movement.

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